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March 11, 2017

Hello, everyone. I don’t have much time to chat right now because we have a wedding to go to! No need to change your clothes or bring a present. The whole event is very casual and the couple already owns two of everything.

But first, let’s take care of another form of Bliss: Penny Black’s most recent release with something for everyone.

Our Fab Friends are back and this stamp is called “Chocolate Moment”. My relationship with chocolate has never been described in “moments”: it is more accurately described as “all day long”. I actually know a woman who dislikes chocolate! But I digress. When I saw this image, I knew I wanted color, color, color. One cannot be “fab” in neutral tones. I added Nuvo drops wherever I could sneak them in, just to add to the fabulousness.

From “fab” to serious. I created my own background on this card using a floral image from the Fragrant Flower set, stamping with VersaMark and heat embossing with white. I then used the emboss resist technique to finish my background. Those medium-sized flower images allow you to make your own backgrounds; just keep repositioning the stamp on the paper. I added the Bold Branch die cut and a Flower Tag to finish the card.

The idea of a black, white and red card entered my head and this is what happened. No stamping on this card at all. I used the Elegant diecut and the word “cherish” from the Forever Friends die set. “Cherish” is one of my favorite words. If I hear it spoken or see it in writing, it evokes feelings deeper and even more special than “love”. Cherish is a special word for special people or something as special as wedding vows.

Love Story


One cannot stay in beautiful bluff settings forever, even if eagles are flying, and once we came down from Ferry Bluff, formally engaged, ring on finger, it was time to plan for the next chapter in our lives. We both agreed we wanted a simple wedding: family and closest friends only with a gathering at our home afterwards. We would then host an outdoor pig roast for the rest of our world later in the summer. It was important to us to put the emphasis on the marriage, not the party afterward.

We felt it very important to include Mr. RWS’s young daughters in some of the events leading up to the wedding day. On one of their weekends with Daddy we took them with us to shop for wedding rings. This might have gone more smoothly if we hadn’t first treated them to a pancake and egg breakfast at a special restaurant that featured a circus style carousal for the children to ride. The girls enjoyed it so much, we stayed long enough for them to ride it twice.

I imagine the salesman who helped us pick out our wide gold bands is still talking about what happened that Saturday morning. Mr. RWS had the eight year old daughter on his lap and I held the three year old. Suddenly, with no warning, the poor seasick sweetie lost her breakfast: down her dress and onto my lap, arms, hands and even my shoes. I gathered her up as best I could, told Mr. RWS to finish the rings transaction and I fled the mall trying to ignore the trail I left behind me.

As an experienced mother of five, I was able to focus on comforting the little one and ignore the mess. As I think back, I realize this might have been a deal breaker for someone with a weaker stomach. And as an experienced mother of five, perhaps I should have known better than to combine breakfast with merry-go-round rides.

I had lived in our small town for more than ten years, worked at the hospital, and was involved with my children’s activities. As in many small communities I knew almost everyone and they all knew me. Had we planned a traditional wedding, the guest list would have been out of control and our focus would have been on all the details associated with a large wedding instead of the marriage itself.

I had lost my mother just a few months before I met Mr. RWS so she never knew that the kids and I were able to become a mended family. My Dad was there though, along with my sister who had been unable to attend my first wedding due to being a military wife stationed overseas. I cherish the memory of their presence.

So, on a lovely Friday evening in June Mr. RWS and our wedding guests walked to the church together.

I carried one red rose. Mr. RWS’ daughters who were three and eight years old at the time were so disappointed I wasn’t dressed like their Barbie bride dolls.

There was no organ playing “Here Comes the Bride”. I didn’t even walk down the aisle. The friends and family in attendance gathered around the altar as we said our vows, creating an intimate atmosphere. One brother and his wife sang and played guitar.  My Dad did a special reading. My sister stood up for me, Mr. RWS’ older brother was his witness. My other brother was put in charge of photography but bought the wrong speed film, therefore the poor quality photos. He had one job …..

We were showered with bird seed as we reached the sidewalk of our home after the walk from church. This group is made up of family and those who had become family as they encouraged, supported and helped my children and me during the six years I was a single parent. I cherish them. This is also a tiny peek at the 100 year old house that sheltered our family due to the cooperation of the woman who held my mortgage.

If you remember in an earlier chapter of this story I mentioned my single friend that cautioned me not to feed Mr. RWS on our first date – advice I ignored. She is the woman to my left with her arms crossed over her chest. Wonder if she is reconsidering that suggestion. Sadly, I lost track of her when she moved from our town a few years later, still a single mom.

Now in many stories, this is where the line “and they lived happily ever after” would appear. But in real life “happy every after” doesn’t happen that easily or that quickly.

It isn’t easy for teenaged boys to move over and let a man be part of the family. It isn’t easy for two little girls to accept another woman playing the role of a parent. It isn’t easy for a woman used to making all the decisions from what’s for dinner to how to spend the family income to go back to a system of joint decision making. And it certainly isn’t easy for a father of two young girls to adapt to life with teenaged boys.

I used to explain the difference between parenting boys and parenting girls by a scene at our dinner table. Mr. RWS’s little girls would say “excuse me” if they burped while the boys would take a burp from anyone as a challenge to see who could burp the loudest.

Somehow we muddled through. And somehow almost 33 years later, all the kids still speak to us and occasionally invite us for a visit! Because of the age differences in our two sets of children, and the fact that the girls eventually came to live with us full time, Mr. RWS and I were raising children until two years before our early retirement. As Mr. RWS told me when he learned that I had a family of five, he felt my commitment was the greater one, even though he only had two, because they were so young when we married. And that turned out to be prophetic!

Maybe someday I will tell the story of how we thought renting a houseboat and traveling up and down the Mississippi would make a great honeymoon. But for now, this is

The End

I was so excited to see and use the Steam Train die. In order to have the red and silver trim, I cut out three trains, using the three colors and stacked each train car as you see here. The grass was cut from green cardstock using a special grass cutting scissors I bought at least ten years ago and never used. A friend suggested to me that she would use this die on Christmas cards as part of a winter scene. That is an awesome idea.

The Bird Abode die will be just right for many different occasions. While I used it in plain white for this card, it would be fun to color the birdhouse and vines for spring and summer, a la Jill Foster. I used designer paper from a Penny Black 6×6 paper pack (Wintertime) for the background. It is good to have dies large enough to be the focal point on a card as well as versatile enough to be used often.

How sweet is this image using the Whispers cling stamp of the two ballerinas in their tutus, learning how to be friends, and listening to each other’s stories. I added Nuvo drops of pearl white to their tutus and their hairdos for an added touch of detail.

We have raised “His” and “Hers” and now Cooper is the “Ours”. One of the best joint decisions we’ve ever made!

Well, time to sweep up the birdseed, put the rose in a vase, and wrap up the wedding cake. It was a lovely wedding and I am glad you could all be there. If you would like, you can join us at the restaurant on Main Street where they have live music on Friday nights. It’s how Mr. RWS and I ended our wedding celebration. The band even played “May I Have This Dance for the Rest of My Life”, the first song we danced to when we were dating. It was perfect.

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

Card No. 1: 40-530 Chocolate Moment

Card No. 2: 30-420 Fragrant Flowers, 30-404 Spiritual Snippets, 51-124 Flower Tags, 51-308 Bold Branch

Card No. 3: 51-321 Forever Friends, 51-328 Elegant

Card No. 4: 51-125 Deco Frame, 51-033 Silver Linings, 51-307 Steam Train

Card No. 5: 51-324 Bird Abode, 51-191 Gift Card, 80-012 Wintertime

Card No. 6: 40-328 Whispers, 30-404 Spiritual Snippets

26 Comments leave one →
  1. Kathy Neinas permalink
    March 11, 2017 5:14 am

    I can’t wait to hear about the houseboat on the Mississippi trip! Friends of ours scheduled a huge family vacation on one of those trips…we are still laughing 🙂

  2. Cynthia Daugherty permalink
    March 11, 2017 5:21 am

    I’ve enjoyed reading your story.

  3. Marliese permalink
    March 11, 2017 5:24 am

    Love the term “mended family”. Looking forward to the next installment of your life with MrRWS.

    Your cards are great as always, especially Chocolate Moments.

  4. Fran Gumprecht permalink
    March 11, 2017 5:45 am

    Love all your creations! So many possibilities! Thanks for sharing another chapter of your life! Enjoyed!

  5. knurse22 permalink
    March 11, 2017 6:20 am

    What cherished memories you have! I am so happy you have shared some of them with us.

    Love these cards today. Especially the plain die cuts. Sometimes we try to make things too colorful or fussy—these solid die cuts pop on the cards!

  6. mjmarmo permalink
    March 11, 2017 6:31 am

    Love the cards! Such a wonderful love story! THose are photos to be treasured!

  7. March 11, 2017 6:58 am

    I love perfect!

  8. BeverlyBL permalink
    March 11, 2017 6:59 am

    Your stories are always so engaging. Thank you for sharing them.

  9. March 11, 2017 8:41 am

    Congrats Mrs. RWS…you were a lovely bride and I KNOW you treasure these memories – so evident in your writing about them!!! Enjoy the pictures and memories every day!
    I found a video on my i-Phone of a Hospice worker, Jillian, playing the dulcimer for my husband and at the end he made a comment….what a found TREASURE to have captured his voice!!! Such a JOY for me!!!
    Great card selection Judy…as always, you do a wonderful job!!!
    Paper Hugs,

    • Judy Jung permalink
      March 11, 2017 9:48 am

      So happy you have a video and audio of your husband .. priceless! Hugs back, Jan

  10. March 11, 2017 8:45 am

    Truly an amazing story, Judy–so glad you shared it & the pictures with us! The decision to get Cooper will be hard to beat, for sure! Love your cards, as always! The birdhouse die makes such a beautiful card–love the background paper! The hair embellishing of your perfectly colored little girls is fabulous!

  11. Sharon Russell permalink
    March 11, 2017 9:53 am

    I can relate to the photography fiasco—my late husband and I also trusted a family member to do photos-film mailed off-which all but a few got lost-so no photos. Fast forward to wedding # 2-I booked my photographer (even tho our wedding was even smaller than yours-family and witnesses only) even before I booked our minister! Two weeks before my June wedding she e-mails me-she inadvertently double booked herself and, because she did the other couples engagement photos, she had to go through with theirs and cancel me! She had a friend who was willing tomdomitnbut after looking at her sample work-it was all cheesy, cookie cutter photos-not what I wanted! My story does have a happy ending! A friend of mine whose husband had Alzheimer’s, had a young man take family photos. She had a pic of her daughter-in-law kissing her husband’s cheek and he was smiling! I knew I wanted this man to be my photographer! My heart sank when he returned my call and said, “I don’t do weddings!” I prevailed upon him to meet me for lunch and delved deeper-why not? He was afraid he wouldn’t get the one photo I really wanted! I told him I promised not to be a bridezilla and I would not be upset with what he got ( his work was that good!) he agreed! I actually;lay cried when he showed up! And I have some of the most awesome, creative wedding photos there could be. He did photography out of the kindness of his heart for Alzheimer’s and terminally ill patients and their families. Sadly, he lost the love of his life shortly after to a drunk driver. I cannot help but look at those photos and thank God for Joel and pray for heart healing for him… thanks for sharing your story-both my marriages involved step children-oh the stories I could tell-but craft room is calling me and I must go!

    • Judy Jung permalink
      March 11, 2017 12:14 pm

      Sharon, I appreciate so much your sharing your story!! Not sure if I could have handled merging families twice!! So glad you have your wedding photos at last!

  12. jane harrah permalink
    March 11, 2017 9:56 am

    Keep those stories coming. Your cards are like your stories fascinating and each one so different from the next. Glad you have a good marriage. There is nothing quite like it. I love my husband more each day and we are happy. There is nothing better in life. Hugs to you and thanks for sharing. It is so fun to get to know you through this channel of information.

  13. March 11, 2017 10:05 am

    This was so much fun Judy, I hate to see it come to an end. I will be happy to know the Mississippi Honeymoon will be a second the near future! Your cards are all so lovely and its always fun to visit with you and have coffee on Saturday mornings. Give that cute as pie Cooper a big hug for me. Until next Saturday, hugs to all! 🙂

  14. March 11, 2017 11:41 am

    Great story and cards. Enjoy

  15. Verna Angerhofer permalink
    March 11, 2017 12:24 pm

    What delightful cards you made to show us. All are so very wonderful! And, the finish of your beautiful love story still had me captivated until the end. I can imagine there are more issues to deal with in a blended marriage such as yours but I think any marriage has it’s issues to work through. I know we had a few in our time as well. But you did make it work and I am so happy for your family. You are an amazing author and once again, I feel you really have a calling for writing. Cooper is so cute and darling too.

  16. creatingincolors permalink
    March 11, 2017 3:12 pm

    What beautiful stories. You are inspiring – and also have a gift of humor. When you are ready to tell the story about the houseboat, I’d love to hear about that adventure!

  17. Deb L permalink
    March 11, 2017 3:26 pm

    Once again thank you for sharing.

  18. Kathy B permalink
    March 11, 2017 4:20 pm

    Love your story. I have a friend with a Mississippi River story, too, so I can hardly wait for yours! The ballerinas are my favorite and I love the birdhouse too. And it’s never a good Saturday without seeing Cooper! Thanks for sharing!

  19. alexandra s.m. permalink
    March 11, 2017 9:12 pm

    What a beautiful story Judy!
    Thank You for sharing a little bit of your life and your art with us on Saturdays.
    I appreciate all the time and work you put it so that we can all enjoy them both!

  20. cmt permalink
    March 12, 2017 2:59 pm

    What a sweet story. Thanks for sharing the photos. So fun to see everyone. Love, love, love the “Cherish” card. That “Chocolate Moment” is a hoot. I’m gonna have to go have my own chocolate moment now.

  21. Vicky S. permalink
    March 12, 2017 4:21 pm

    Thanks you for sharing your love story. I enjoy the pictures & the story.
    Also I like the picture of Cooper. I need to get that Chocolate moment stamp to make for my friends who like chocolate as much as I do.

  22. March 12, 2017 5:04 pm

    Thanks for sharing your story. I enjoy visiting as much to hear your stories as I do do see your creations.

  23. March 13, 2017 4:59 am

    What a lovely mended and blended family story. I also love how Cooper is “ours” 💞🐶💗

  24. susannev2014 permalink
    March 13, 2017 7:31 pm

    I always enjoy your stories but the love story was my favorite! I admire both of your courage to get engaged after only 3 weeks without knowing each other and your respective kids really well!

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